Dublin Whiskey Company has announced its plans for its new whiskey distillery and visitor centre in the capital.
The company will be investing over €10 million in developing its 300 year old site in the heart of the Liberties; the historic birthplace of Irish whiskey. Over 60 people will be employed during construction beginning in early 2015, with 30 permanent jobs coming on-stream upon completion at the latter end of the year.
In the last decade, the Irish whiskey category worldwide has grown by almost 200 per cent. In 2013, more than 6.2 million, 9 litre cases of Irish whiskey were exported to over 100 countries around the world. This figure is set to double to 12 million by 2020, and double again to 24 million by 2030.
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Marie Byrne, managing director of Dublin Whiskey Company, said, “Figures from the Irish Whiskey Association show that there is a ‘global renaissance’ in Irish whiskey and now it is the fastest growing spirits category in the world. Potential investors will be attracted to our business by the knowledge that they are investing in a rapidly growing market set against a backdrop where the international prospects for Irish whiskey are bright.”
Dublin Whiskey Company will create a range of single malt and Irish pot still whiskeys with the capacity to produce up to two million bottles annually. Its output will be for both the domestic and export market and the company expects to be in production in late 2015. Once completed, the working distillery and visitor centre will be able to facilitate over 75,000 visitors a year. The development of the whiskey range will be overseen by the Company’s master distiller and global whiskey consultant Jim Swan. Swan will focus on the importance of premium quality and all-natural ingredients executed with scientific precision to produce the perfect craft spirit. The Dublin Whiskey Company was founded in 2012 and, following planning permission to establish its distillery and visitor centre, it will be protecting and offering a new lease of life to its premises, which dates back to 1691 and was once the malting house of local distiller and brewer John Busby. Prospective investors will also have the opportunity to become part of the revival of whiskey in Dublin, as the company will also raise additional funds through the government’s Employment Investment Incentive (EII) Scheme.
Pictured: James Swan and Marie Byrne at the announcement of the Dublin Whiskey Company's plans to build a new whiskey distillery and visitor centre in Dublin’s city centre.